Special events involved in the San Mateo County Historical Association’s 2018 version of Victorian Days are underway.
This week, another one is scheduled. It’s a guided walk through downtown San Bruno slated for Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon, beginning at the southern end of San Mateo Avenue at El Camino Real.
One relatively under-appreciated stop should be at the site of the former Lullaby Lane, a children’s store that no longer exists on the 500-block of that retail street. Why? Because, at one time, it was thought to be haunted by an ex-employee, Jean Brown, who passed away in 1980.
For some time after her death, there were reports of strange goings-on within those walls, and the ghostly legend grew as the years rolled by. When Lullaby Lane ceased operations, a similar outfit, Baby World, took over the sprawling address. That’s now gone as well.
Today, several small, independent businesses are up and running in that same location; the one-time kids’ store’s digs have been divided up into several separate business entities.
Perhaps the association’s tour can determine if the so-called Lullaby Lane ghost still raises hackles in that immediate area. Can you say, “Sidewalk seance?”
Last month’s San Mateo County Civil Grand Jury report dealing with Caltrain’s ambitious electrification project (and a hoped-for hookup with high-speed rail in the future) was a mixed bag of findings.
On the one hand, the analysis allowed that adequate administrative protections and mechanisms now appear to be in place to support the huge transit undertaking.
However, the report also noted that, unfortunately, an actual audit of the Caltrain effort was impossible due to the complex and opaque nature of the improvement program’s financial data.
Precise conclusions about how Caltrain authorities, who are embroiled in costly lawsuits with a former contracting firm, are spending public dollars on their project were therefore unavailable.
The grand jury’s effort comes about three months before local voters will be asked to back another sales tax increase to support county public transit efforts, including those of Caltrain.
For those casting ballots in November, a solid look at the rail agency’s books would have provided some much-needed perspective.
Back in the bailiwick of the San Mateo County Historical Association, portions of the Old County Courthouse in downtown Redwood City are getting a much-needed touch-up to the tune of $1 million.
Parts of the building’s exterior require significant repair work. The renovations have already begun. Roofing improvements may be next on the agenda, assuming funding can be found.
The basic structure was opened for government business in 1910 after the 1906 earthquake had destroyed most of a previous structure.
The building currently houses the association’s activities and its History Museum. County courts and other government offices are located in separate buildings.
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Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle